Kudos for Justice on BOE appointments

Gov. Jim Justice seems intent on ensuring members of the West Virginia Board of Education understand public schools from the inside. That would explain his appointments to the board, most of which have been people with experience in the classroom and school administration.

That makes one of the two appointments he announced this week especially intriguing.

Justice revealed Tuesday he has appointed two new members to the board. They are Elkins attorney Joseph Wallace and retired Charleston educator Deborah Sullivan.

Sullivan’s last job was as principal of Charleston Catholic High School.

Placing someone with a Catholic schools background on the state board was an excellent idea. Kudos to Justice for doing so.

Sullivan will bring to the board a perspective that, to our knowledge, has been missing for some time. It is of a Mountain State school system that does some things very differently than public schools and — dare we say it? — may have practices and strategies that could benefit the public school system.

West Virginians cannot continue to try the same old ideas that have failed our public schools in the past. Sullivan may well help the state Board of Education think truly outside the box — and that is precisely what we need.

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